Tuesday 19 September 2017

Manchester United delay naming Louis van Gaal as new manager

Manchester United want to respect Holland's preparations for the World Cup

Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal refused to discuss the Manchester United vacancy a news conference in Hoenderloo today.
Louis van Gaal

Mark Ogden

Manchester United will postpone an announcement to confirm Louis van Gaal’s appointment as manager until next week in order to respect preparations for Holland’s friendly against Ecuador in Amsterdam on Saturday.

United and Van Gaal have agreed terms over the 62-year-old become manager at Old Trafford as replacement for the sacked David Moyes.

But with minor contractual issues still to be signed off, both United and Van Gaal have opted to shelve plans to confirm his appointment until after the weekend fixture against fellow World Cup qualifiers Ecuador.

With Holland coach Van Gaal keen to avoid distractions in the build-up to Saturday’s friendly at the Amsterdam ArenA -- and also avoid accusations of focusing on United at the expense of his job with the Dutch -- United are happy to wait until next week to finalise the deal with the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach.

Ryan Giggs is expected to be involved in a senior role under Van Gaal after holding talks with the incoming manager in Holland on Wednesday.

Giggs, who acted as interim manager following Moyes’s sacking last month, could yet combine a coaching role with a further season as a player after admitting that he is still decide on whether to play on beyond his 41st birthday in November.

The futures of United’s current coaching team remains unclear, however.

Paul Scholes is understood to be holding talks with United today, with Phil Neville and Chris Woods expected to leave the club.

Nicky Butt, who has impressed in a role with the club’s Under-18 team and reserves, is likely to be asked to stay, but the former United and England midfielder may pursue his managerial and coaching ambitions elsewhere.

Meanwhile, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will hold a conference call with investors at 1pm today following the publication of the club’s Q3 accounts at midday.

Telegraph.co.uk

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